run down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v run down use up all one's strength and energy and stop working "At the end of the march, I pooped out"
    • v run down injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle
    • v run down pursue until captured "They ran down the fugitive"
    • v run down move downward "The water ran down"
    • v run down examine hastily "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
    • v run down deplete "exhaust one's savings","We quickly played out our strength"
    • v run down trace "We are running down a few tips"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in 1875 with Aristides as winner.
    • Run down to chase to exhaustion: to run against and sink, as a ship: to overbear, to crush
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Quotations

  • Bob Boschert
    Bob Boschert
    “Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.”
  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss
    “My worst fear is that I'll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over... [Luke 6:38]”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    Bernard%20M.%20Baruch
    “Two things are bad for the heart -- running up stairs and running down people.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rinnan; Ger. rennen, Ice. renna, to run.

Usage

In literature:

A full-grown one has, however, been run down fairly and speared more than once.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Cattle were scattered here and there and the boy had to keep his eyes open to prevent being run down.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
At last, he heard that d'Elbee's force was but a quarter of a mile away and, running down from his lookout, he started to meet it.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
You've got every reason to be interested in running down the truth in this mix-up.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
They let the sail run down as they came alongside.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
Planks, secured to the rail by lines, were then run down to bear the chafe.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
It runs down his arms and trickles from his fingers.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
It is terrible, that dead laugh in the midst of the black water that run down from his hair.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
Bridges and tracks are down on both railroads and no trains are running.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
I'm not interested in her anyhow, and you'll want your breath for the run down.
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
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In poetry:

I rose up with the sun
And climbed the hill.
I saw the white mists run
And shadows run
Down into hollow woods.
"Beyond The Barn" by John Freeman
Son of the noble Fingal, Oscian,
Prince of men! what tears run down
the cheeks of age? what shades thy
mighty soul?
"Fragment VI" by James Macpherson
He clanked Piercy o'er the head
A deep wound and a sair,
Till the best blood of his body
Came running down his hair.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
So dreams he on, his happy life to pass
Content, without ambitions painful sighs,
Until the sands run down into the glass;
He smiles—content—unmoved and dies.
"The Idler" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
And when I lift them from the wondrous tale,
See, all about me hath so strange a show!
Is that thy river running down the vale?
Is that thy wind that through the pines doth blow?
"I See Thee Not" by George MacDonald
He saw the blossom lie like foam on every hedge and tree,
And the sunlight breaking golden through the cloud;
He heard a hundred streams run down rejoicing to the sea,
And all the birds of Spring-time singing loud.
"Fulfilment" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

(AP) — If you're fishing one of Mississippi's 19 state-operated lakes this winter and you catch a crappie with a dark stripe running down its back, don't worry.
Auburndale's Wilshonn Jefferson tries to run down Palmetto 's Cory Crawford on Friday night.
Police said Ernesto Rodriguez, 27, was arrested Saturday night after nearly running down a Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic and later crashing into another vehicle.
Let's run down exactly why it's so awesome.
See that mascara running down Harley Quinn's eyes.
Teresa LaBarbera runs down some of 2010's most popular YouTube clips.
Last Sunday night, I was running down a street near Harvard Yard, trying to get to Harvard Square Station in time to catch a bus.
30 am Monday when an off-duty firefighter noticed a man running down southwest Archer Road toward Tuscan Bend Apartments.
Police believe Tatyana Tupikova was run down as she walked, but they need info.
Dear EarthTalk How can I make good use of the rainwater that runs down my roof and into my gutters.
Soliai, Starks, Dolphins' front seven leave opposition feeling run-down.
The clock is running down on tax rebates .
Astros, Crane begin rebuilding run-down Houston ballfields.
Passengers had to tackle the captain after he began running down the aisles ranting.
West Virginia University, the city of Morgantown and First United Bank and Trust are working on a deal aimed at revitalizing run-down neighborhoods around the downtown campus.
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In science:

In this case, by running the RGEs down to a low energy scale, one would predict the values of MZ , tan β , and the Higgs pseudoscalar mass, mA (in addition to all of the sparticle masses).
CDM in Supersymmetric Models
The J/ψ hadroproduction cross section, measured by the CDF Collaboration down to pT (J/ψ) = 0, is more than one order larger than the charmonium cross sections measured at Run I for pT (J/ψ) values above 4 − 5 GeV .
Heavy Flavours: experimental summary
Running down to charm threshold m = mc by perturbative running to mach to n f = 4 and then running up to n f = 5, m = mZ , they obtained as (mZ ) .
Non-perturbative renormalization in lattice QCD
Down-going arrows correspond to holes running backward in time, that is, to occupied orbitals.
Formal Foundations of Dressed Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Many-Electron Excitations
In this scheme, non-perturbative and NLO running for the quark masses are shown to agree well from 100 GeV all the way down to 2 GeV .
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
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